Jessica Harrington

Jessica Harrington

Foilyage Is the Key to Low-Maintenance Hair Color

Keeping up with the latest hair-color trends and buzzwords is a full-time job. Each season brings a fresh batch of looks - like mushroom brown and "bropper" - but classic choices like balayage, babylights, and foilyage will always prevail. If you're unfamiliar with the latter hair-coloring technique, that's about to change. Despite being slightly lesser known than its counterparts, foilyage is destined to have its moment in the spotlight. If you're looking for an easy, low-maintenance hair color (and really, who isn't?), foilyage may be just the thing. The coloring method delivers a bright, ultra-blended, natural finish that's highly customizable, meaning everyone, no matter your base hue, can get in on the fun. Its been around for a while - so long that you may have even had foilyage done at some point without knowing it - but it's rarely referred to by its name outside of the professional space. Again, it can feel like you need a degree in cosmetology to keep track of all of the buzzy hair-dye terms out there, but fear not: we're breaking down the ins and outs of the foilyage method ahead. Keep reading to learn how it's done, the ways it differs from balayage, and more.

Anya Taylor-Joy’s Natural Hair Color Might Surprise You

Image Source: Getty /Marc Piasecki / Contributor Anya Taylor-Joy just got married, and fans are salivating over every detail of her nuptials. From her beige-toned gown to her ethereal-looking makeup, Taylor-Joy looked like royalty as she gazed over the balcony of the Italian villa where she was hosting the festivities. Her glam look recirculated a question that fans have been asking themselves ever since the star rose to fame playing a passionate, chess-loving prodigy on "The Queen's Gambit": what exactly is Taylor-Joy's natural hair color? If you've also been curious, you'll likely be shocked to find out it's not the deep copper-red she wore on the show. In fact, the actor's true hair color is closer to that of her character's in "Emma." As good as Taylor-Joy looked with that short red bob as Beth Harmon, it was only a wig, and her natural hair color is in fact blond. Whether it's for a role or a red carpet event, wigs and hair extensions are a celebrity's best friend when it comes to switching up their look and experimenting with hair. Often when it appears as though someone got a drastic haircut or color change (see: Kim Kardashian), it's simply a really good wig. In addition to a handful of colorful wigs Taylor-Joy has sported over the years (including a neon-purple number), she's dyed her real hair shades of dark brown, caramel blond, and auburn, but she always returns to her blond roots after.

How to Pick a Low-Maintenance Hair Color, According to the Pros

Going to the hair salon is a treat, but that doesn't necessarily mean you want to drag yourself back every month or so for a color touch-up. If you find certain activities deemed a form of self-care a bit of a drag - like getting your hair done or going to the nail salon - you're not alone. Aside from not dyeing it at all, the best solution for that is to opt for a low-maintenance hair color. These easygoing styles allow for longer wait times between appointments, so you can spend more time enjoying your new look and less time in the hairdresser chair with your head wrapped in foils. Not to mention, they're a bit gentler on your wallet. But what makes a color low-maintenance, you ask? And what types of styles and hair trends fall into this category? We asked three hair colorists to weigh in. What Makes a Hair Color Low-Maintenance? There are a couple of factors that make a hair color choice low-maintenance versus high. "[They] require minimal upkeep and touch-ups, allowing you to enjoy your hair color for longer," Chase Kusero, celebrity colorist and cofounder of IGK Hair Care, tells POPSUGAR. Styles that fall into this category include natural hues, as well as certain coloring techniques like shadow roots, balayage, highlights, and ombré, "which help blend the demarcation line," Kurseo adds. "If the color has a seamless blend from root to end that transitions really softly, then it typically falls under low-maintenance color," says Briana Cisneros, colorist and Wella ambassador. The goal is for the regrowth to be unnoticeable and for the color to continue looking fresh weeks after you leave the salon. In general, you should be able to get roughly three months or more of wear out of our color if you opt for something low-key. This is compared to the average six to eight weeks you typically get out of more drastic color changes, as Cisneros explains. Low-Maintenance Hair Color Ideas Just because you want your hair color to be easy to maintain doesn't mean you're limited in options. Keep reading for a few low-maintenance hair color ideas to bring with you to the salon.

My Honest Review of Fenty Beauty’s New Foundation Stick

Even though Rihanna's makeup brand Fenty Beauty already has three really popular foundations - the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, the Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint, and the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation - it recently added a fourth addition to its lineup. The Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick ($35) is a cream formula that comes in a twist-up stick applicator, and similar to the original liquid Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint, it offers a much more natural-looking finish than the other options. As a fan of 1) natural-looking makeup, 2) skin tints, and 3) stick applicators, I was excited to test it out. I tend to gravitate toward lightweight, creamy finishes that enhance my natural skin, not cover it. My daily lineup is fairly pared down, consisting of a concealer, bronzer, blush, a quick swipe of brow gel, and mascara. On special occasions, I reach for a subtle highlighter, maybe some eyeliner (in brown, and only at the outer corner), and a skin tint if I really want to nail an even complexion. As expected, the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick fit right in with the rest of my routine and now, I reach for it regularly. Ahead, keep reading for my full review of the product, plus what you should consider before adding it to your cart. About the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick The foundation stick comes in 25 shades and caters to a large range of undertones. It offers sheer, lightweight coverage that you can build up, and instantly blurs skin. It contains hydrating ingredients like murumuru butter and sodium hyaluronate. The twist-up stick packaging is 100 percent recyclable and can be tossed in your household recycling container once empty. What I Like About the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick There are two main things I love about the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick: the applicator and the consistency of the formula. The twist-up stick packaging makes it super easy to apply. Whether I'm doing a touch-up in the office or the back of an Uber or completing my makeup routine from the comfort of my bathroom, I can simply uncap the tube, rub it over my face where I want to blur and conceal, and buff in with a sponge, a brush, or my hands. This eliminates the potential for a goopy mess when trying to dispense product on the back of my hand. Shade 2, a light hue with neutral undertones, is a great match for me. When I apply it directly to my skin, the first thing I notice is the creamy texture of the foundation. It goes on really smooth, leaving behind a clear line of pigment that blurs any pores and imperfections under it. I can instantly feel the formula is very hydrating, which is a godsend for my dry skin type. After it's blended, I'm left with a sheer wash of color, but I can still see my natural skin underneath it - it just looks a bit more even and smooth. The rest of my makeup layers beautifully on top without any smearing or pilling to be seen. Though I do experience a little creasing around my eyes and mouth, setting the stick with some powder helps eliminate that problem. My Skin With Just the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick How to Use the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick I like to apply the Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick directly onto my skin using the applicator tube. It glides like butter without any tugging, dispensing the pigment in a visible streak. To blend it in, I've switched between using a damp makeup sponge and a brush, and found that both work great. The wet sponge is nice if I want really light coverage while using a tapping motion with a brush gives me slightly heavier pigmentation. Because the coverage is so light, I'll apply a second coat under my eyes, around my nose, and over any blemishes. To make sure it stays put all day and doesn't crease, I like to use some setting powder on top of high-movement areas like under my eyes, around my mouth, and chin. What to Consider Before Trying the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick Fenty's Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick comes in 25 shades, which is the same amount as the Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint. The other two foundations carried by the brand have 50+ shades, so the skin tints are limited to about half of the options. The brand told me in a press event for the launch that this is intentional because the sheer coverage can blend and cover a wider range of complexions. Something to consider about the skin stick is how light and minimal the pigment is. If you're someone who likes fuller glam or to fully conceal any imperfections, you may want to pick one of the brand's foundations that offer medium-to-full coverage. It's buildable, to an extent, but even with two or three layers, I can still see some discoloration and blemishes. My Full Makeup Using the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick Where Is the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick Available? The Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick is available at the brand's website, Sephora, and Ulta Beauty. Rating:

“Sex Education” Season 4 Celebrates Queerness Through the Hair and Makeup

Netflix's "Sex Education" is back for a fourth and final season, and as if the show didn't already push the boundaries of gender and identity, it somehow upped the ante. The final eight episodes are just as moving as they are entertaining, and the larger-than-life makeup and hair certainly help move the storyline along. Though the students of Moordale High have always played with color and dabbled in the latest trends, season four sees everyone's favorite characters in the next phase of their lives at Cavendish College. Here, everything is better - there are better clubs, better fashion, better opportunities for self-expression, and even a better sex therapist (depending on who you ask). Beloved characters Otis (Asa Butterfield), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Adam (Connor Swindells), Dr. Jean F. Milburn (Gillian Anderson), Ruby (Mimi Keene), and Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) are joined by a host of new personalities - like Abbi (Anthony Lexa), Roman (Felix Mufti), and Aisha (Alexandra James) - sparking drama! Love! Comedy! And more save-worthy beauty looks than you can count. "Three new main characters are responsible for bringing in the bigger, brighter, bolder, more extravagant looks," Emily Bilverstone, the show's hair and makeup department head, tells POPSUGAR. Before this, Eric was the only character really experimenting with beauty, but he's met his match with Roman, Abbi, and Aisha. "This is the first time that [Eric] has met three school friends who have raised his game in terms of his look and made him feel like he can push the boundaries even further." These characters opened the doors for more play with hair and makeup, and the rest of the school followed suit. Ahead, Bilverstone shares a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating some of the most eye-catching moments in season four.

18 Beauty Advent Calendars That Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

There's no gift that keeps on giving quite like a beauty Advent calendar. Instead of only getting the thrill of opening a present once on the day of the holiday, an Advent calendar allows you to experience that excitement over and over again for 12 to 31 days straight, depending on how big it is. If you're still unsure what to get the beauty lover in your life for the upcoming holiday season, an Advent calendar from one of their favorite brands will be a surefire win. Being able to count down to the holidays with different surprise products every day will remind them of when they were a kid. Brands like Kiehl's, Diptyque, Benefit Cosmetics, MAC, Lush Cosmetics, The Body Shop, and many more drop holiday collections every year, and the special calendars for 2023 are even better than last year. Not to mention, some of your favorite beauty retailers like Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, and more have come out with their own Advent calendars filled with goodies from a variety of the brands they carry. Those are the best bet if you're not sure exactly what product assortment your loved one would like best. There are beauty Advent calendars filled with skin-care, makeup, hair, body-care, and nail goodies - or a combination of all of the above - to dive into. No matter what your price range is, you have options. Some luxury options can go for more than $500, while affordable drugstore sets have a more modest price tag. Ahead, we rounded up a few of the best beauty Advent calendars of 2023 to shop for this year.

Celebrities Can’t Get Enough of the Transparent-Nail Trend

Few beauty categories have gotten as much attention in the past year as nails. Week after week, a new viral design or style has emerged, taking over Instagram feeds and nail salons everywhere. The latest trend to materialize out of Hollywood following the 2023 MTV VMAs is transparent nails. As seen on Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Tiffany Haddish, Anne Hathaway, and many more, the manicure features see-through tips, with or without designs, that add length with a bit of an optical illusion. As with any nail trend, your take on the see-through nail look is entirely personal. Haddish incorporated reflective butterfly decals; Megan wore the trend with lipstick-shaped tips and a gold camouflage print; Doja Cat went for a glassy amber feel with a translucent reddish polish; and Hathaway went for a pared-back look with iridescent clear extensions free of any nail art. Ahead, a nail expert shares more about the translucent nail trend, with tips on what designs look best and how to get the look. What Are Transparent Nails? "This kind of trend goes by many names like crystal nails or glass nails," Eunice Park, research and development manager at Aprés Nail, tells POPSUGAR. "[It] is essentially where the free edge of the nail is left transparent and mostly unpainted." The look is similar to clear nails in that a majority of the base is left trasparent, but it requires the application of extensions to obtain that see-through tip. It feels luxe and high-fashion, but also a little edgy and avant-garde. "So many designs work with clear tips," says Park. You can go for all-over polish like Doja Cat did with her amber polish, allowing just a hint of the translucent nail to show through. Or, similar to Hathaway and Haddish, you can keep your nails free from most designs, really letting the clear tips stand out. "A stoned look would be beautiful with reflective crystals over the clear tips," says Park. "A simple line over the nails would work too. The sky's the limit in regards to this style." How to Get Transparent Nails This isn't a nail trend you can easily DIY - unless you have the right tools. "This kind of look is only really achievable through extensions as our own nails are not transparent," says Park. Whether you go to a salon or purchase the supplies to attempt the look at home, she recommends the Aprés Gel-X extensions, which are clear. "You can quickly and easily create clear, transparent extensions that are the perfect canvas for any additional nail art." Transparent Nail Design Inspiration Ahead, get ideas for your own translucent nails from Instagram.

This $9 Hair Treatment Is “Liquid” Hair in a Bottle

I've never had particularly shiny hair - it's always been on the frizzier side and, therefore, a smidge dull. As someone who doesn't color their hair, I didn't really think it was possible to get that mirror-like finish I see everywhere without color-treating it. That was, until I noticed more and more brands releasing at-home hair glosses and shine boosters, like the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water ($10). To be clear, this Garnier in-shower treatment isn't a hair-dye product, and you don't need to have color-treated hair to use it. You simply need to be someone who wants to boost shine in their ends. The treatment promises to deliver glass hair with a reduction in frizz and has garnered quite a large fan base on TikTok. It's your easy, at-home ticket to the viral liquid hair trend that's everywhere right now (namely, on the heads of Dua Lipa, Megan Fox, and Megan Thee Stallion, to name a few). What I Like About the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water Unlike other products I've tried, the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water isn't a gloss - it uses "lamellar" technology to leave hair sleek and glossy. You can think of lamellar as a speedy, water-based hair mask. It works quicker than traditional leave-on treatments to coat hair in its smoothing formula and can be rinsed out almost immediately after applying it. After seeing countless people rave about it on TikTok, I gave the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water a go in my morning shower routine. After one use, I immediately noticed how my hair was reflecting the light. It had a glossy shine to it that it doesn't usually have. My hair always gets a little frizzy when I use heat styling tools, but there was a significant improvement after using the Garnier water treatment. It also felt softer and smoother to the touch. Considering it only takes 10 seconds to use and it's priced so affordably at just $9, I'd say this shine-boosting hair treatment is worthy of the attention it's stirred up. I can't wait to continue using it and see how much better my hair looks. How to Use the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water The instructions say to shampoo normally, squeeze out any excess water from your ends, then use one to two doses of the treatment for fine hair and two to three for thick hair. Since I fall in the former group, I applied a little under two doses to my ends. (There are markers on the back to signify how much one dose is, which is super helpful.) It only takes 10 seconds to work, and during that time, you massage it into your hair to make sure it's evenly coated. The bottle says you might feel a slight warming sensation (nothing too noticeable), which I experienced about three seconds in. At first, it was a little hard to work it into my wet hair sans any conditioner, but the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water actually provides some slip and made my hair feel pretty moisturized on its own. When it came time to rinse, my hair felt like I had conditioned it - it had that sleek, hydrated feel to it. As I said, I was a little wary about skipping conditioner, but my hair didn't feel dry like I had expected when I got out of the shower. The instructions say to style as desired, so I put my hair up in a wrap to dry a bit before moving onto my normal styling products. I used a volumizing mist and wave mousse on my ends before taking my blow-dry brush through my hair to give myself a blowout. What to Consider Before Trying the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water The Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water will temporarily give you liquid hair with a high-shine finish, but you'll need to keep up with the treatment to maintain the results. Where Is the Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water Available? The Garnier Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water is available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Rating:

This CoolSculpting Side Effect Left Linda Evangelista “Disfigured”

In September 2021, Linda Evangelista opened up about her experience with a cosmetic procedure gone wrong. The '90s supermodel posted a letter on Instagram detailing complications she had following a nonsurgical CoolSculpting treatment, which has drummed up questions from people about its safety and side effects. In her statement, Evangelista says she was left "disfigured" more than five years ago after a Zeltiq Aesthetics CoolSculpting session that "did the opposite of what it promised," which is to shrink fat cells by freezing them through a process called cryolipolysis. Instead, Evangelista developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, or PAH - a rare, delayed side effect of cryolipolysis that causes fat cells to grow. Almost a year later on July 20, 2022, Evangelista announced in an Instagram post that she had reached an agreement with the company. "I'm pleased to have settled my CoolSculpting case. I look forward to the next chapter of my life with friends and family, and am happy to put this matter behind me. I am truly grateful for the support I have received from those who have reached out," the post says. Evangelista opened up in an interview with People magazine back in February 2022 about the emotional and physical pain she faced following her procedure. "I loved being up on the catwalk. Now I dread running into someone I know," she told the publication, adding that after the treatment, she began noticing abnormal growth around her chin, thighs, and rib cage. This was later diagnosed as PAH and required two full-body liposuction procedures to remove, although it eventually came back. In a statement to People, a CoolSculpting representative claimed that the potential for this side effect has been "well-documented in the CoolSculpting information for patients and health care providers." Almost all cosmetic procedures, nonsurgical and surgical, come with their own risks that are (albeit rare) very possible. In Evangelista's case, she claims she wasn't made aware of the risks of CoolSculpting prior to undergoing the procedures, which is why on Sept. 21, 2021, she filed a lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc. "By doing so, Ms. Evangelista is standing up not only for herself but for others who have been similarly injured and ignored by ZELTIQ," said Evangelista's lawyer, Daniel Markham of Wrobel Marham LLP, in a formal statement sent to POPSUGAR. Ahead, with the help of two doctors, we look deeper into the potential side effects of CoolSculpting and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. What Is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia? During a Coolsculpting procedure, "A device is adhered to the body and then a pair of cold paddles quickly freeze and destroy fat cells," Howard Sobel, MD, an NYC-based attending dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, tells POPSUGAR. "This is not a technique I utilize because it can create a demarcation, or intent, on the skin leaving an uneven, bumpy result. In a rare case such as Linda Evangelista, instead of minimizing fat cells, the procedure swelled them (called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia), leaving her with painful, bumpy results and long-term complications." How Common Is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia? According to a medical journal published on the condition, PAH is says to be a "rare, previously unreported side effect of cryolipolysis with an incidence of 0.0051%." It most commonly occurs in men but "no single unifying risk factor has been identified." In the case mentioned in the study, it caused "a rectangular, sharply marginated subcutaneous soft tissue mass" in the area of the treatment application. "It is most commonly seen on the abdomen and flanks," says board-certified dermatologist Bruce Katz, MD, of JUVA Skin and Laser Center in NYC. Dr. Sobel and Dr. Katz say they've seen patients come into their practices with PAH that they've had to correct through a series of procedures, including liposuction. "PAH cannot be treated with non-invasive methods," says Dr. Katz. "I have treated a few of these PAH cases throughout the years successfully, and think these types of cases have gone underreported." POPSUGAR reached out to CoolSculpting for comment, but at the time of publishing, had not heard back. The website for the treatment currently lists "temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity" as the potential risks. It also states in rare cases it can "cause a visible enlargement in the treated area, which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction," but Evangelista's team states that CoolSculpting fails to mention that risk upfront in its marketing material.

What to Know About the Phenol Peels Going Viral on TikTok

@joaoocastros Sonhos podem sim se tornar realidade. Você só precisa acreditar e lutar por isso. A fé e a persistência nunca decepcionam. #peelingdefenolprofundo #peeling #fenol #acne #cicatrizdeacne ♬ som original - Adriana senra Very few two-word phrases have the power to evoke as much fear as "chemical peels." The effective but sometimes harsh cosmetic treatment might give you flashbacks to a beet-red Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City," but the results speak for themselves. When João Castro shared a video of his experience with a phenol peel - the strongest form of chemical peel - and it subsequently went viral, the reactions were mixed. Many people were blown away by the after photo, while others couldn't get over the shocking progress shots. For the unfamiliar, there are different kinds of chemical peels out there, ranging from at-home options you can incorporate as part of your weekly routine to in-office procedures that require the close care of a doctor, like phenol peels. This heavy hitter in the world of peels offers remarkable skin-smoothing results, targeting concerns like deep wrinkles and acne scars, but it doesn't come without some risks - and a lot of pain. Ahead, a board-certified dermatologist shares everything you need to know. What Is a Phenol Peel? A phenol peel is one of the most powerful chemical peels available, and as such, it can only be administered under the supervision of a trained doctor. "Unlike other chemical peels that go into the epidermis, or the outermost layer of skin, a phenol peel penetrates the epidermis and goes deeper into the dermis, the deeper layer of skin that connects the epidermis to subcutaneous tissue," Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL, tells POPSUGAR. The peel itself is made from phenol, also known as carbolic acid and phenic acid, an organic, naturally occurring molecule derived from petroleum. It is categorized as a deep peel and works through protein denaturation and coagulation. Phenol denatures and coagulates the surface keratin in the skin, while croton oil, another ingredient commonly used in the peel solution, enhances its abilities. The phenol peel is applied topically, causing a controlled injury to the skin, leading to total rejuvenation of the existing cells. Due to its ability to penetrate the dermis, Dr. Hartman explains, it's very intense, and many patients find it to be quite painful. "Recovery takes months, though it gives phenomenal results," he adds. Who Should Get a Phenol Peel? Phenol peels can completely transform your skin, giving you almost like a clean slate, but they're not for everyone. They're only recommended for those with severe acne scarring and deep wrinkles from aging and UV exposure. After they're fully recovered, patients will see "smoother skin; a reduction in wrinkles, lines, and scars; and brighter skin," Dr. Hartman says. That said, not all doctors offer phenol peels due to their aggressive nature. "I don't do it often in my practice since there are many other options like lasers that can deliver similar results without the painful process and extended recovery period," Dr. Hartman says. They are more suitable for those with light skin, as those with dark skin tones need to be more careful with aggressive exfoliants because of scarring. "The most important element in identifying a good candidate for a phenol peel is making sure the patient is comfortable with the extended recovery process and the prolonged downtime and care the skin will need to keep it healthy, avoid infection, and ensure best results," Dr. Hartman says. Phenol Peel Risks Dr. Hartman advises that phenol peels come with a "plethora of risks," from the pain to the chance of infection. "You should expect your skin to feel red, raw, and irritated, especially in the first six weeks after treatment, and you may see blistering, scabbing, crusting, and pus." Proper aftercare is crucial, as infection is a big risk following a treatment because your skin is so compromised. (More on that below.) "The phenol ingredient can also cause side effects and issues with the heart, kidney, and liver," he says. This can include cardiac risks, as phenol is cardiotoxic, and systemic toxicity of the liver and kidneys. This is because "phenol is absorbed into the skin, and it will travel throughout the body via your bloodstream" if not applied in only a few sections at a time. To lower the possibility of complications, it's important to talk things over with your doctor, disclose any medications you're on, and go over your health history. What to Expect During a Phenol Peel A phenol peel takes about two hours from start to finish. "We'll have a patient arrive at the practice and offer numbing cream and sometimes anesthesia to help with the pain," Dr. Hartman says. In some cases, a doctor may say you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever prior to the procedure, but it's important to check first. Over two hours, liquid phenol is applied to the skin in sections and sits for 15 minutes. "We will monitor your vitals during and immediately following the treatment to ensure your body is handling the treatment well," Dr. Hartman says. Phenol Peel Recovery The recovery phase of a phenol peel lasts about six weeks - and it's not pretty. "This is the period where you may see blisters, scabs, and crusts," Dr. Hartman says. "You'll need to apply occlusive dressings and products like Aquaphor to protect the skin and reduce the risk of scarring." Eventually, your face will form a scab, and shortly after, the scab will fall off. For at least two to three weeks post-treatment, you can't use any makeup, but Dr. Hartman advises that sometimes it's longer. You'll also need to up your sun protection with frequent sunscreen application and the proper clothing. These strict recovery guidelines make it a good fit for those who can work from home remotely for the six-week healing process. "Discuss what skin-care product you can and can't use with your board-certified dermatologist," Dr. Hartman says. "It's likely that your entire skin-care routine will need to be revamped during recovery and ongoing after a phenol peel." While a phenol peel can be a transformative solution for severe skin scarring and other conditions, if you're (understandably) afraid of the downtime and pain, talk with your doctor about other cosmetic treatments such as lasers and mild peels that can deliver similar results.